4. Atlanta Falcons: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Justin Fields has become the victim of analysts and experts tearing apart his game, despite the fact that he is extremely talented and has shown glimpses of high potential. According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, “Fields struggles with his reads and is slow to process what’s happening on the field, which is a red flag.”
This is a valid argument because there were plenty of instances in 2020 when Fields’ first option was not available and he would abandon the play and make errant throws. However, Atlanta is the perfect landing spot for Fields, as he will be able to sit behind Matt Ryan and develop for a year or two. This will allow Fields to learn the game from a veteran and receive coaching on progressing through reads at the next level.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
This is another no-brainer pick as the Bengals must address the offensive line. Joe Burrow’s season ended early due to a torn ACL. Burrow lacked protection on a game-by-game basis and took a number of big hits. Sewell moves defensive lineman with ease at 325 pounds and has the highest ceiling of any offensive lineman in the draft. Sewell will be a cornerstone for Cincinnati’s offensive line and will allow Burrow to have a little bit more time in the pocket. Look for the Bengals to continue to address the offensive line throughout the draft and free agency.
6. Philadelphia Eagles: TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
The Eagles seem to be committed to Jalen Hurt’s development and Kyle Pitts is a mismatch nightmare for any defense. Having a tight end who can influence a game is becoming more and more vital when watching the NFL. Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller are all examples of tight ends who create problems for a defense. However, Pitts is a prospect who can play in the slot, on the outside, and is an underrated blocker. At 6’6 and 246 pounds with wide receiver skills, Pitts can be a player that can dominate at the next level. With Zach Ertz potentially out the door, this gives the Eagles an immediate upgrade at the position. Philadelphia lacks game-breaking weapons, and Pitts is a player who can give the Eagles a boost on offense, while being a monster in the red zone.